Giro Stage 10 Preview: I’ll Call it Tradition

It’s the second week of the Giro now, and so we return to what has become an institution — the almost unbelievably flat stage before the mountains kick off. 2017 had it on stage 13, 2016 had it on stage 12 and 2015 on stage 13. Only last year missed out but wouldn’t you know, we’re making up for it by having another one on stage 11. Don’t you just love it? I don’t. I do not love it. This was the Giro stage that nobody at Podium Café towers wanted, and can you blame us? I can do a good approximation of that diagram using an underscore. Then again, I can do a good approximation of that diagram by holding down the z key. The wind will be a non-factor. The rain might get involved but not to the extent that it has so far in this goddamned summer’s ...

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Bol powers to victory on final stage of Tour of California – Video

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) extended his race lead

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) sewed up the overall victory at the 2019 Tour of California on Saturday, getting through the final stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena unscathed, having taken the race lead the previous day on Mount Baldy. Stage 7 was won by Team Sunweb's Cees Bol , who outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen, topping off a tough week of racing that saw Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish retire from the race on the final stage. Twenty-year-old Pogacar's overall win by 16 seconds over EF Education First's Sergio Higuita – with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen only a single second further back in third – was never truly in doubt, although Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann, who started the day 11th overall, 1:28 down on Pogacar, featured in the day's early breakaway, and at one point held the virtual race lead, and was later ...

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Mark Cavendish sees signs of improvement after hard week at Tour of California

Bernie Eisel looks after Dimension Data team leader Mark Cavendish during stage 6 of the 2019 Tour o

Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) was a man of few words at the stage 6 summit finish on Mt. Baldy at the Amgen Tour of California on Friday. Shivering from the cold as he wrestled with putting on warmer layers, surrounded by riders that finished in the gruppetto and standing at a dead end road full of journalists, he offered a few remarks about his performance at the seven-day race set to conclude in Pasadena on Saturday. "Yes, I feel OK, thank you. I've gotten through it," Cavendish told Cyclingnews , referring to his recovery from a lengthy struggle with the Epstein-Barr Virus. "It's been a hard week," he added. To say that Cavendish has had a challenge at this edition of the Tour of California would be an understatement, and not just for him, but for many riders. It was considered one of the more challenging editions of ...

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Cavendish hanging on despite California struggles

Cavendish hanging on despite California struggles

Mark Cavendish’s rough run at the Tour of California continued on Stage 3 with an untimely mechanical that left the waning sprint star isolated for a second consecutive day.

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Mark Cavendish battles uphill to make time cut at Tour of California

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the bunch during stage 4 in San Juan

Dimension Data 's Mark Cavendish lives to fight another day at the 2019 Tour of California , despite having lost contact with the back of the race with 80km of the 214.5km-long stage 2 still to go on Monday. While he may ordinarily have been in danger of finishing outside the time limit, the long nature of the stage meant that the cut-off time was set at 60 minutes after the stage winner, and the British sprinter was able to make it to the finish 36:09 behind the day's victor, Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-QuickStep . The second stage's unrelenting climbing from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe, which peaks out at 2,627 metres of elevation, proved too much for Cavendish, and he lost contact with the race with around 80km to go, struggling to regain contact with the peloton despite teammate Bernie Eisel 's efforts to help. The day's climbs ...

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British National Champion Connor Swift joins Arkea-Samsic

British National Champion Connor Swift joins Arkea-Samsic

Joseph Delves 13 May 2019 Mid-season move sees the champ edge further towards his WorldTour dream British National Road Race Champion Connor Swift has signed up with ProContinental cycling team Arkea-Samsic. With the squad based in Rennes, France the 23-year-old rider’s contract will initially run until the end of 2020. Now moving to Arkea-Samsic, his role will initially be to form up with the other fast riders to help lead out Andre Greipel in the sprint. Having hoped to make the jump to WorldTour level in 2019, Swift had previously gained a late-season stagiaire position with Dimension Data . However, uncertainty over the future of their sprinter Mark Cavendish made it difficult for a position for Swift to be found in the team. Since then, despite his National Champion’s jersey and the support of big-hitting agents Trinity Sports Management, his progress had looked to have stalled. This led to Swift ...

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Photo gallery: The best of Marcel Kittel’s career (so far)

Late last week German sprint ace Marcel Kittel and his Katusha-Alpecin team announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways. The news came as a surprise to most within the cycling scene, including us — while Kittel had certainly struggled since joining Katusha-Alpecin in 2018, an early contract termination didn’t seem to be on … The post Photo gallery: The best of Marcel Kittel’s career (so far) appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Commentary: The new Mark Cavendish

Commentary: The new Mark Cavendish

The British sprinter recently took to social media to honor his longtime foe, Marcel Kittel Read the full article at Commentary: The new Mark Cavendish on VeloNews.com .

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Cavendish throws support behind troubled Kittel

Cavendish throws support behind troubled Kittel

Mark Cavendish has reiterated support for embattled German rival Marcel Kittel as he aims to put his own demons to bed at the Amgen Tour of California from Monday.

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4 major talking points from Tour of California press conference

Peter Sagan at the race start

Pre-race press conferences can be notoriously stale as riders answer questions similar to those they’ve answered at numerous previous gatherings with reporters. The names and kits change, but the questions about form, rivals, targets and ambitions rarely do. Riders’ attitudes can sometimes reflect the monotonous nature of the events, and those answers can be less than revealing or insightful. That was the tone at the Tour of California press conference on Friday, with a few notable exceptions. The team hotel on Sacramento’s west side was buzzing with activity on Friday as teams, riders and staff mingled with agents, race personnel, media and the hundreds and hundreds of people who hold the infrastructure of the race together. Tucked into a banquet room on the hotel’s ground floor, Friday’s press conference was a true California event, as it came in waves. The first round featured the usual pre-race speakers, including representatives from ...

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Mark Cavendish clears Epstein-Barr threshold for first time in two years

Alejandro Valverde and Mark Cavendish greet each other ahead of the stage

Mark Cavendish said in California on Friday that a blood test two weeks ago showed he is below the threshold for being sick with Epstein-Barr, the virus that has plagued the Dimension Data sprinter for the past two years. Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Amgen Tour of California , which starts Sunday in Sacramento, Cavendish said his body has been responding well to training and he will be challenging for race wins once again. Cavendish has just 26 race days in his legs so far this season after lackluster performances at Vuelta a San Juan and the UAE Tour and then abandoning Paris-Nice. The 33-year-old returned to racing at the Tour of Turkey last month and most recently competed in the Tour de Yorkshire, where his best result was eighth on stage 1. “Normally I would have had a lot of racing by now, but the last ...

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Mark Cavendish: Before Marcel Kittel I felt invincible

Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel shake hands ahead of stage 2

Mark Cavendish has paid tribute to Marcel Kittel , saying his rivalry with the German sprinter raised his own level and enhanced the sport as a whole. Cavendish was the dominant force in world sprinting until Kittel came along and won eight stages at the Tour de France between 2013 and 2014. They have exchanged blows for several years, with Cavendish the top dog at the 2016 Tour with four stage wins and Kittel at the 2017 Tour with five wins. Both have struggled with their health and form in recent years and on Thursday Kittel made the shock announcement that he was stepping away from the sport . While the 30-year-old voiced his desire to return to the fold at some point in the future, he said he needed to “put my happiness and joy above everything and seek ways to find this also in my future”. On Friday ...

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Van Garderen and Uran to lead EF Education First at Tour of California

Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) in the breakaway

Rigoberto Urán and Tejay van Garderen will lead EF Education First at the 2019 Tour of California , which starts this weekend, with support coming from the likes of Taylor Phinney, Lachlan Morton and recent signing Sergio Higuita. The American WorldTour team can also expect to enjoy strong support from roadside fans at what is the only men's WorldTour event in the US, with the race also attracting some of the sport's biggest names, including former winners Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), two-time runner-up Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida), sprinter Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte. Van Garderen – who joined EF Education First this season from BMC – won the event in 2013 and finished second overall last season, and is looking forward to racing on home roads again. "It's not often that you get such a competitive field of world-class cyclists without having to travel overseas," ...

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The weekly spin: California memories

It’s cold and raining in Colorado as I take a pause from packing my suitcase to turn some thoughts into pixels. Though I’ve lived in Boulder for almost 20 years, in a sense, I’m headed home. I’m headed to warmer climes — Sacramento, to be exact — for my 14th consecutive trip to the Amgen Tour … The post The weekly spin: California memories appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Yorkshire plots return of Tour de France and Vuelta start

The scenic route through the Yorkshire Dales

The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are continuing their pursuit of another Tour de France Grand Départ in the next five to six years. Welcome to Yorkshire is also in talks with the Vuelta a España as they look to bring a start of the Spanish race to the British county. "There are ongoing conversations to bring the Vuelta here and our belief is when the Tour de France comes back to Yorkshire, definitely not if," Peter Dodd, the commercial director of Welcome to Yorkshire, said at the end of Sunday’s four-day event in Leeds. "It’s too early to put a date on it but I think in the next five or six years," he said in relation to both bids. "Our ambition would be to host the Vuelta and for the Tour de France to follow shortly. Our agenda is to bring top class events, and obviously top ...

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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Mark Cavendish: Yorkshire Worlds are too hard for me

Mark Cavendish rides in the peloton

2011 world champion Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) has ruled himself out of contention for this year’s Worlds after racing on the finishing circuit at the Tour de Yorkshire. The four-day event raced over the finishing circuit that will be used for the Worlds later this year on stage 2, with Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) coming out on top. Cavendish finished 18th on the stage and admitted later that he ‘bottled it’ in the finale. However, this was also an opportunity for the 33-year-old to test his legs on the 16.5km course that will be used multiple times in the men’s elite race come September. “That circuit is hard, I did it in the winter and thought it’s not for me but thought maybe here at Tour de Yorkshire at race pace maybe it would be easier. It wasn’t, it’s still hard at race pace. If anything, it was harder,” ...

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Mark Cavendish calms expectations ahead of Tour de Yorkshire

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) returns to the Tour de Yorkshire on Thursday with the aim of tasting success. However, the 30-time Tour de France stage winner was understandably cautious when asked about his chances at the pre-race press conference in Leeds on Wednesday evening. Cavendish has not won a race in over a year, and is still returning after a long break due to Epstein Barr Virus, which derailed almost two years of his career. After easing himself back into racing this year at the Vuelta a San Juan, the 2011 world champion picked up a third place finish at April's Tour of Turkey – a result that sparked belief that the 33-year-old could be returning to something near his old self. The Tour de Yorkshire may not have a mountain stage in its four-day route, and the field only has four WorldTour teams, but it is still ...

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Tour de Yorkshire 2019: Riders to watch

Joe Robinson 1 May 2019 Seven riders to watch at the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire In just five years, the Tour de Yorkshire has proven itself to bea one of the toughest and most exciting stage races in the calendar. Using the hilly Yorkshire Moors and Dales as its canvas, the four-day men's and two-day women's races tour some of the UK's toughest terrain and most spectacular scenery. This year will also have extra spice on Friday as both the men's and women's pelotons take a detour to the city of Harrogate to sample the 15km finishing loop of the UCI World Championships road race this September. With this preview, Yorkshire has managed to attract some of the best riders across both pelotons who not only want to sample the rainbow route but also try some of Yorkshire's world-famous puddings too. Below, Cyclist looks at some of the riders you ...

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